Keynote Speakers


Prof Dr. Witold Pedrycz

Professor and Chair Canada Research Chair
IEEE Fellow
Professional Engineer
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University Of Alberta, Canada

Bio-sketch: Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow, 1998) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, and a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in this area. He is also an author of 15 research monographs covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence, data mining, and Software Engineering.

Dr. Pedrycz is intensively involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer).  He currently serves on the Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of other international journals.



Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Iida

Professor, School of Information Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

Bio-sketch:  Profesor Dr. Hiroyuki Iida is a  Japanese computer scientist and computer games researcher with focus on Game-refinement theory, Opponent Model Search and Computer Shogi. Hiroyuki Iida is Professor at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and head of the games laboratory. Before, he was affiliated with the Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu and was postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University. He received his Ph.D on Heuristic Theories on Game-Tree Search from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo.

Hiroyuki Iida is a professional 6-dan Shogi player, and co-author of the Shogi program Tacos, the four-times Gold medal winner at Computer Olympiads. Dr. Hiroyuki Iida has been an enthusiasm researcher in the domains such as computer games and entertainment computing, while acting as important roles of international activities such as conference chair, program chair and journal editor. He has also organized Mind Sports Computer Olympiad as the secretary/treasurer of ICGA (International Computer Games Association) for each year since early 2000. He supervised many master and PhD students until now, while acting as PhD committee member (external assessment) for PhD candidates in western countries such as Maastricht University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He also served as an external assessment for international research funding in western countries such as Canada and the Netherlands.